February 4th, 2008
09:30 PM ET
2 years ago

Clinton chairman: Obama would be good running mate

(CNN) - One of Hillary Clinton's top advisers said Monday Barack Obama could make a good running mate if the New York senator is the Democratic Party's nominee.

Appearing on NY1's "Inside City Hall," Clinton Campaign Chairman Terry McAuliffe praised Barack Obama’s ability to “excite people,” adding that Clinton “needs to make sure the next, whoever the next vice president is, could take over if anything happened to her” - though he said it was too early to seriously discuss potential vice presidential picks.

When he was asked directly whether adding Obama to a Clinton ticket would be a good idea, he responded: “Sure it would. Absolutely. How could you deny consideration of someone who has excited so many people?”

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At CNN's debate in Los Angeles Thursday, both candidates were asked about the possibility of a joint ticket, regardless of who held the top spot – a suggestion that prompted cheering from the audience. Both suggested it was too early to discuss potential running mates.

CNN's Alexander Mooney

soundoff (702 Responses)
  1. Alison, FL

    Obama will stay clear of her...he would not lower himself by accepting a VP offer and he would not offer that to her either. Her and her husband are toxic.

    February 5, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  2. Coldashail

    I'd pick any Republican over Hill. Obama or Nothing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Got that Democratic Party!

    February 5, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  3. Chris, Jacksonville

    Hillary supporters are delusional.

    She (and her husband/running-mate) is simply a dishonest and divisive person......not to mention unelectable.

    The Democrats always seem to enjoy shooting themselves in the foot......that is why I am Independent.

    I would definately consider Obama though.

    I would never consider Hillary, our country deserves better after 8 years of a dishonest & divisive president.

    February 5, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  4. Doug

    All the Democrats are awful. If you buy all the hype around Obama that is sad, look at his record, he is more liberal than Teddy K.

    February 5, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  5. thinker

    what i can not put my finger on is...why is Hillary Clinton soo unlikable. She comes across as someone so fake and it seems like she does not mean anything that comes out of her mouth. I was always a fan of Bill Clinton and if he was running again i would probably support him. BUT NOT THAT WIFE OF HIS!! NEVER!!!! If she wins I will shed a few tears.

    February 5, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  6. Christina from Raleigh, NC

    To me, It's so interesting to see the Obama vs. Hillary pool of supporters in all of comments I read on articles regarding the democratic primary.

    Anyone notice what I notice? If the primary were decided on these alone, Obama would win hands down! I see more republicans bashing democrats than I see Hillary supporters.

    This is just a testament for Obama's ability to engage, motivate and give hope to people, as well as a testament to Hillary's ability to fuel hatred.

    Is anyone paying attention?

    My vote is going to the person I think has the best chance to win in the general election. My vote is going to the person who inspires a generation of apathetic young people (such as myself) to get involved. My vote goes to the person who is viewed most positively by other countries. My vote goes to the person who can work across party lines. My vote goes to the person who doesn't rely on polls to make every single personal decision for them.

    Obama '08!

    February 5, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  7. dj

    Clinton would only pick a running mate who could offer her something. While Obama has the support of the African American community, they wouldn't vote Republican anyway, so Obama would not bring anything to the ticket. There's a reason that Bill was seated with Bill Richardson during the Super Bowl. Richardson would bring the ever larger, and thus more important, Hispanic vote to her. Also, if you look at Hillary's inside staff you'd find that it's a white as the newfallen snow. While Clinton can not win the Presidency without the African American vote, she doesn't want any of them on her staff.

    February 5, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  8. lhurley

    What is this an Obama Love Fest?

    He says he's the person that will bring change, but he never says what that change is, or how it will be accomplished by someone that has only been a senator since 2005. That is 3 years people. Don't be taken in by his false claims. Vote for Clinton!

    February 5, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  9. Zip

    Obama keeps talking chage. But what exactly does change mean? People are excited because he is young and percieves to have charisma. Ask any of his supporters what or how he is going to "change" things, and they will proceed to look at you with a dumb stare! I think it is called the dumbing down of America syndrome.

    February 5, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  10. Frank

    Hillary's "35 years of experience working for change" is a crock: when you subtract 15 years as a corporate lawyer and multiple terms as First Lady in D.C. and Ark., you're left with a public service resume that's comparable to Obama's – and for sure he knows it.

    If the Dem primaries stay close, they're both going to have to speculate openly about VP and cabinet picks, just to draw more distinctions among voters and stir up the consensus. Obama's VP pick will be someone packing a lot more foreign policy experience, possibly including a military background.

    February 5, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  11. Penny Tucson

    I would love to see precisely and factually, what the Clinton bashers issues really are about her candidacy.....what has she lied about, what are her "moral" issues one of you listed, and what makes you think that having Bill Clinton as "first husband" would be so horrible? This is a history making ticket, we have never had a woman, a former first lady, nor a former president potentially returning to the white house. That doesn't make it a bad thing, but rather a first thing. Get off the bash Clinton thing, it is getting really boring. I like Obama but he is NOT a savior, messiah, or going to be able to do miraculous things with what the Bush administration is leaving our next president! He should consider VP with Clinton and be poised to be the President in 8 years when he has gained some experience. GO HILLARY

    February 5, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  12. No Rush

    Why all the emphasis on the experience of HRC? Good judgement far outweighs experience. In the single most important issue of the last 5 years, Obama stood up and railed against the war. Hilliary voted to authorize it. She can attempt to inject grey areas into her vote, but at the end of the day it doesn't change the facts...

    February 5, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  13. Andrew

    All right! Let’s quickly socialize the USA. It has done such wonderful things over the last 4000 years were it has been tried. It has helped cure disease and raise people from poverty and despair. Individuals have to learn to succumb to the will of the gov't. Individuals should not be allowed to do things on there own. I think cradle to grave mothering is what we really need. The strength that comes from experience and self accomplishment is nothing to brag about as long as we don't need to be responsible for our own safety and well being, we might as well grab it while we can. The world will surely find another barely inhabited continent to bring freedom back to mankind in the future.
    You people are sick, just pissing away what built the USA in exchange for a 4000 year history of a failed theory. Goodbye America, hello another 10000 years of human suffering.
    History folks, look it up, study it, learn from it.

    February 5, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  14. Douglas

    Obamans, I know you're young, but try and grow up. The VP slot is a pretty awesome feat for someone who just jumped into the big leagues. And this is win/win for the party all the way around. You want a VP that can carry the torch in '16. I get it that you think it has to be NOW for Obama......but that's simply not true. He'll only be 54 in 2016 and much better prepared to be President. Does that make sense? Add to all this the Dem party doesn't want or need a candidate right now to go into the general election supporting driver licenses for illegal aliens. Much to risky......and don't kid yourself about that.

    Clinton/Obama '08!

    February 5, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  15. Michael

    I am always insulted by the "excite" comments, my goodness the performer James Brown excited people. Barack Obama is a man of ideas, the fact that he communicates well should not be held againts him.

    February 5, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  16. Rick

    Obama is pretty smart and would not accept a VP slot. When Hillary goes down in flames in November to McCain, he'll emerge in 2012. Also, there is no way that Hillary would accept a number 2 slot. Bill will never take a step down and live in the VP's quarters. It's the white house or nothing at all. It's about ego.

    February 5, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  17. Russell Postlewait

    You people need to get a grip and get over this media invention that is "Obama". No experience, no platform for which to run on, no solid solutions just hopeful talk. Wow, seems like "change we can believe in" is just more of the same rhetoric and political pandering we have come to know in this broken system we call politics. Get a grip people, the day a nationalist party is established may be the next time we see a real candidate that is for the people, rather than these five creations. Come on is Clinton, Romney, Obama, and McCain seriously the best this country can come up with.....Pathetic

    February 5, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  18. Michael Douvris

    There is only one way for true change. Senator Obama. He has MORE experience in elected office. Check your facts people. Being first lady qualifies her to be President just as much as Tom Coughlins wife is qualifed to coach the Giants..NOT. See through the lies and spin of the Clintons. We need a fundamental change in leadership. Obama and Edwards. America has a bright future only with great leadership. That means no more republicans and no more Clintons!!

    February 5, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  19. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Neither would be a V.P. to the other; I don't know how people could think that either one would have the other on the ticket. These two have egos too large to do that. Besides, I would encourage the one who wins the nomination to select someone outside the Senate to be the V.P. since the Democratic hold on the Senate is not very strong. My first three suggestions would be Richardson, Edwards or former Gen. Clark. There are others out there that might also be good that I am not aware of.

    February 5, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  20. CHERYL

    I THINK THAT IT IS HORRIBLE THAT OBAMA AUTHORIZES (OR MAYBE IT IS OPRAH) THESE AWFUL PHONE CALLS THAT TALK NASTY ABOUT HILLARY! WHY IS HE ABLE TO INVADE PEOPLES PRIVACY WITH A RECORDED NASTY MESSAGE ABOUT HILLARY! THIS GUY IS A REAL EVIL CHARACTER! HE SHOULD BE SPEAKING ABOUT WHAT HE WILL DO AND HOW! INSTEAD OF NASTY NEGATIVE THINGS ABOUT HIS OPPONENT THIS SHOULD SPEAK VOLUMES TO THE PEOPLE! BORACK IS A LOW LIFE! I AM SO GLAD THAT HILLARY IS IN THE LEAD! I AM SICK OF BORACKS SCHOOL YARD GAMES! HE NEEDS TO GROW UP! BOY OPRAH IS GOING TO LOOK STUPID AFTER HE GETS BEAT! HILLARY'S POLICY'S ON HEALTH CARE,THE ECONOMY AND IMMIGRATION HAVE BEEN UNWAVERING! BORACK WAS NOT EVEN IN THE SENATE TO VOTE OVER 100 TIMES! HE NEEDS TO SPEND SOME OF HIS MONEY ON HIS POOR FAMILY BACK IN AFRICA! JUST THINK WHAT THEY COULD DO WITH ALL THAT MONEY!!!!!!!!!! GO HILLARY!!!!!!!
    FLORIDA FOR HILLARY CLINTON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 5, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  21. Stephen

    Please, what experience does Obama or Hillary actually have? Last night during a Luntz segment on FOX not one Democrat could name one thing Obama has done. Oh they think he is great on a personable level. You need something more than a big toothy grin to run the most powerful country on the planet and to deal with the political and economical agendas of other governments.

    Neither democratic front runner possesses these skills. Wake up people!

    February 5, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  22. Leslie

    I'm getting a little sick and tired of CNN's pro Hillary bias.

    February 5, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  23. Bob Arkansas

    First of all name THREE things either of them can say they accompolished in their careers? What did either of them run in their lives? Where is the experience of either one?

    February 5, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  24. Laugh_Out_Loud

    OK, so Obama is not qualified to be President as the nominee, but he is qualified to be the president when HRC gets IMPEACHED. LOL...HILL-BILL-EE and thier cohorts will say anything to get in.

    February 5, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  25. Alison, FL

    Oh Please!!!...CLINTON NEED OBAMA TO WIN THE GENERAL....Obama doesn't need her! FORGET ABOUT IT!

    February 5, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
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